Less but better is the name of a book (now a classic) by the industrialist designer Dieter Rams, a man who is considered one of the most influential “functionalist” designers of our time. It is also an ethos I deeply believe in. Having been in fashion for over 20 years I’ve seen many a trend come and go, but certain designs stand the test of time. For many of us, our fashion, art and home design wants are more about desire than need. But I believe the choices that you make about what you put on your dining table or in your closet should be thought out and well considered. It is criteria I use when I want to feature a designer or product on this site. Is what they make worth it? Will it stand the test of time?
There is nothing wrong with wanting something new, enticing and beautiful to replace or update what you already have. But I believe in buying less, and buying the best. Whatever your best may be. And while TFI will feature a lot to shop from, hoarding Valentino shoes or cocktail napkins is not what we are about.
Marie Kondo has created a global movement out of ridding your life of extraneous stuff. I applaud the idea. But once you’ve done an initial “cleanse” (if needed), wouldn’t it be nice to end Kondo-ing by living a life with less, but better?